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Lifetime Achievement Award for Joan & Sid Cross at Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

April 24th, 2017

Lifetime Achievement Award for Joan & Sid Cross at Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
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The 28th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards were announced last week at this always celebratory hospitality industry event. A delightful surprise was the presentation of their Lifetime Achievement Award to the knowledgeable talented culinary whiz Joan Cross & your weekly blogger. Very exciting for us and flattered by the article that states we “not only raised the bar for what was possible for BC’s hospitality industry, they also used their frequent travels to preach the gospel of this up-and-coming city on the Pacific to chefs, winemakers and producers throughout the world.” Appreciated but not worthy! More details here.

47 winners were announced in various categories that included:

Restaurant of the Year: Dynasty Seafood  – first Chinese restaurant to win this Award!

Chef of The Year: Joel Watanabe – “I love to cook” – From Bao Bei to new Kissa Tanto.

Best New Restaurant: Savio Volpe – Top Regional Italian cuisine in the new Fraserhood neighbourhood.

Producer of the Year: North Arm Farm in Pemberton BC – “a mountain Provence”

Ingredient of the Year: Bison – nutrient-dense and more helpful farming for a diverse ecosystem.

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Cheesecakes with Wine Infused Fruit Toppings

April 22nd, 2017

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By Joseph Temple

Arguably one of the most iconic items on any dessert menu, cheesecake is always a crowd-pleaser.  Everyone always oohs and ahhs when a delicious cheesecake is brought out after any great meal.  Why not take it up a notch by infusing your favorite fruit with some classic wines?  Here are seven mouth watering ideas – one for every day of the week!


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1. Field berries and Champagne

Blueberry port
2. Blueberry port

Raspberry ice wine
3. Raspberry ice wine

Cherry Cabernet Sauvignon
4. Cherry Cabernet Sauvignon

Pear Riesling
5. Pear Riesling

Rhubarb Vanilla Rose
6. Rhubarb Vanilla Rosé

Apricot Chardonnay
7. Apricot Chardonnay


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Ask Sid: Altitude of Vineyards?

April 19th, 2017
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Ask Sid: Altitude of Vineyards?

Question: Why am I hearing so much about wine coming from high altitude vineyards?

Answer: Good point. Probably because of global warming and climate change. Many vineyards are just hotter than in previous years resulting in earlier picking times with raised alcohol levels. Generally vineyards at higher elevations (compared to the lower valley floor) enjoy a cooler growing season. The night temperatures usually are colder which helps retain acidity and there is a greater range between day and night. This all results in a longer growing season with more valuable hang time for the grapes to slowly ripen. Soils tend to be less fertile and are poorer more rocky in character with better drainage leading to more complex flavours in the wine. However, the working conditions in the steep vineyards at high elevation can be quite difficult but the winds are usually stronger drying and protecting the grapes from diseases. Altitude or elevation of the vineyards is an important factor in the quality of the resulting wine.


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Chinese Cuisine Celebrated

April 17th, 2017

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Vancouver continues as the most Asian city not actually situated in Asia. Accordingly the influence of Asian-orientated restaurants remains strong with such a diversity of creative culinary dishes. Chinese dining has led the way celebrated again in 2017 by the 9th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards (chineserestaurantawards.com) honouring Critics’ Choice 10 Signature Dishes, 21 Diners’ Choice Awards and 5 Social Media Choices. Restaurant of the Year went to Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. Check them out.

A banquet on April 12, 2017 at the historic Pink Pearl Chinese Restaurant presented a culinary journey of Chinese Cuisine over the last 4 decades. Dishes represented the eighties through to the present decade that provoked a lot of ingredient discussion with fond nostalgic memories. Also reinforced the idea of how well Chinese food can be matched with Sparkling wines, Rose, as well as both white and red table wines of lower alcohol with some residual sugar. This 10 course menu will be available for service at Pink Pearl from May 1 to August 31 for 10 people together at one table to benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank & Vancouver Sowers Society of Education learning programs for children. Worth experiencing!

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The numbers are in! Global wine production for 2016

April 14th, 2017

OIV report on wine 2016

By Joseph Temple

The numbers are in!

This week the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) released its annual report on the state of the industry for 2016. While not as bad as some experts had predicted last year, the information did confirm that annual global output is definitely on the decline. Dropping 3.2% from 2015, the countries hit the hardest were France, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa, who all felt the impact of bad weather conditions. According to the OIV, the top ten wine producing nations contributing to a worldwide output of 267 million hectolitres (mhl) in 2016 were:

1. Italy (50.9 mhl – up 2% from 2015)
2. France (43.5 mhl – down 7%)
3. Spain (39.3 mhl – up 4%)
4. United States (23.9 mhl – up 10%)
5. Australia (13.0 mhl – up 9%)
6. China (11.4 mhl – down 1%)
7. South Africa (10.5 mhl – down 6%)
8. Chile (10.1 mhl – down 21%)
9. Argentina (9.4 mhl – down 29%)
10. Germany (9.0 mhl – up 1%)

Over a sixteen year period, global output has varied, reaching highs in 2004 and 2013 with 298 mhl and 290 mhl respectively while dropping to 258mhl in 2012. But when looking at country-by-country, we see that as most of Europe and South America are either stagnant or in decline, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand have seen the most impressive gains over this past decade.

Moving from supply to demand, the numbers for 2016 show that worldwide consumption reached 242 mhl, slightly up from the past two years. Still recovering from the global financial crisis of 2008 when demand hit a record high of 250 mhl, the OIV report confirms that the market has been relatively stable since the recession began. When it comes to who is drinking all this wine, the top ten countries are:

1. United States (31.8 mhl – up 2.5% from 2015)
2. France (27.0 mhl – down 0.7%)
3. Italy (22.5 mhl – up 5.3%)
4. Germany (20.2 mhl – down 1.8%)
5. China (17.3 mhl – up 6.9%)
6. United Kingdom (12.9 mhl – up 1.4%)
7. Spain (9.9 mhl – down 0.4%)
8. Argentina (9.4 mhl – down 8.3%)
9. Russia (9.3 mhl – up 0.3%)
10. Australia (5.4 mhl – up 2.4%)

Interestingly, while the United States reigns supreme for the sixth year in a row for total consumption, when looking at it on a per capita basis, Portugal receives top honors at approximately 54 liters per person annually. In comparison, the average American over 21 years of age consumed just 11.9 liters, nowhere near the top ten and well below countries like Sweden, Switzerland, and Romania.

Trade-wise, Spain, France, and Italy represented roughly 55% of all wine exports in 2016. However, in terms of dollars and cents, the French Republic owned 28% of the market, earning over 8 billion euros last year. The greatest increase in imports comes from the Chinese, which has shot up a remarkable 45% from 2015, placing them in the top five countries alongside America, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada.

What do you think of all these facts and figures? Does anything stand out? Comment below.


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